After getting knocked out of the MLS Cup playoffs by FC Dallas on Sunday, Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid said he wants to return next year.
The Sounders lost out on penalties to Dallas on Sunday and fell short of reaching the Western Conference Final.
Schmid, 62, said after the loss that he wants to return to try and give the fans a MLS Cup victory.
“The Cup is what we still haven’t given them yet,” Schmid told soundersfc.com. “We’ve given them four Open Cups, we’ve given them a Supporters’ Shield. Our trophy case has a lot more in it than Dallas’, as an example.
“But I really appreciated the turnout of our fans today, the support that they gave us in those three games at CenturyLink [Field], and like I said, there’s nothing I want to do more – and there’s nothing the guys in the room want to do more – than to bring an MLS Cup back to Seattle. Hopefully one day that will happen.”
Schmid, who signed a new multi-year deal in December, did say that he wants to return to manage the team but that the decision is not solely up to him.
“Yeah. But obviously that’s not my decision,” Schmid said. “That’s ownership’s decision and they’ll decide that. But I feel fine, and I still feel capable of coaching.”
If he does end up coming back, it’s not a given that the recent core of the team will stay intact.
“That’s something I’ve got to think about, and we’ll make decisions on that,” Schmid said. “I thought the team did well considering all the obstacles and all the difficulties we had this season and people being out … At the end of the day I think they showed a lot of character, a lot of desire, the three games in a week, winning all three of those games. And pulling one back today when we went down, 1-0.
“I think there’s a lot of character that’s been brought out by this team. But in the end, it wasn’t enough.”